Ask a twenty-something about Rimini, and you will hear about beaches and disco parties. Ask cinema lovers, and they will mention Federico Fellini, the famous Italian filmmaker who used his hometown as a setting for two movies. Ask an old local fisherman and he will stay silent, pensively remembering the days when Rimini was a fishing village and fishermen knew each other by the nicknames earned at sea. Rimini is all of these identities, and more. Its beaches and clubs are a party heaven in summer, but when the holiday crowds vanish it is time to discover the quiet side of the city – and its beautiful monuments such as the Tiberius Arch or the Malatestian Temple.
Founded by the Romans in 268 BC, Rimini has now become a Russian 'settlement' with over 200,000 tourist arrivals per year.
Just across the spellbinding Tiberius Bridge, Borgo San Giuliano is the fishermen's hamlet with typical trattorias serving delicious food and with narrow streets adorned by the mural paintings dedicated to Fellini.